At some point in everyone's life, they must re-evaluate what is important in their lives. So it came to pass with my husband and I. We have lived in the same home for almost 40 years and the daily upkeep of the gardens, grass and the household was becoming arduous to say the least.
We started looking for ways to make our lives easier and less strenuous on our bodies. Apartment/Condo living was looming before us. Neither one of us could do the stairs well any longer. So to that end, we made the decision that many find difficult! We gave up our primary residence for an apartment.
So What's So New About That?
Let's Review What Can be Done 18 Stories up in the Air!
There are a list of things that you need to know about your new surroundings!
- You need to know which direction you face. Is your apartment facing north, south, east or west or a combination of those.
- You need to know if your growing zone has changed. That will depend on how far away you have moved.
- You need to know what is allowed and what is forbidden as far as growing things on your balcony. (This assumes that you do indeed have a balcony)
- Then you need to decide what you absolutely have to grow, like tomatoes or cucumbers or beans.
- Now you need to do some research. What will grow well in pots and how big do those pots need to be?
When you have reviewed those answers then you can make some decisions.
When you can't grow wide, you need to grow tall. Use the space in the air for everything that you don't have space for in the ground. It makes a whole lot of sense really.
My old garden was probably about 20 feet by 35 feet. My balcony is about 20 feet by 6 feet. So my choices in ways to garden have been severely changed. I will grow flowers to make my soul happy in balcony planters which are allowed in my building. Having two already, I will increase that number to six within the next few weeks. Then for my vegetables I have decided to go with a vertical garden that also combines the ability to compost.
These choices that I show you here, don't allow you to grow in abundance, but will be great for herbs, some smaller flowers and just the ability to get your hands dirty. For me this would be just a tease. For many gardeners though, this would be enough to keep them happy.
Is it enough for me?
For my own purposes and for my joy of gardening I have gone the whole nine yards(no puns intended). My choice is a little expensive, but offers me the ability to grow many vegetables, herbs and flowers in one place. It also offers the ability to compost all my kitchen scraps and have a vermi-culture happening all at the same time. For myself it is a win-win proposition. I didn't have to think about it for too long. I'm talking about the Grow Tower 2. I saw an ad for this unit and researched it further. I am convinced that it will be my new favorite growing station all in one place.
Stay tuned!I promise to keep you updated on the results of my new foray into the world of gardening in a limited space and let you see my pictures of the Garden Tower Project so you can review the changes as they occur on my own balcony in a zone 6a growing area. Maybe this Review will help you to make the leap into vertical gardening and have you enjoying the fruits of your own labor too!
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